Dunedin Youth Orchestra ‘Orchestrated Empowerment’ concert

Conductor Beth Cohen is set to lead the Dunedin Youth Orchestra. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra is thrilled to present its semester one concert ‘Orchestrated Empowerment’ with conductor Beth Cohen.
‘‘This will not be your usual DYO concert and should not be missed. We’re feeling very fortunate to be one of a few orchestras in the world currently able to perform,’’ a statement from the orchestra said.
The performance would be dedicated to life members Terry Crooks and Arthur Bingham, who sadly passed away late last year.
Guest conductor Beth Cohen would engage the audience throughout the evening narrating the pieces.
Her reputation as an enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated educator and conductor meant she was welcomed into the orchestra.
The pieces have been selected to convey the empowerment theme, from Mozart’s search for truth and reason to Ritchie’s representation of injustice, to our environment in Smetana’s Moldau we will take the audience on a journey, finishing with Danzon No. 2: an energetic, rhythmic piece to fill you with joy.
Cellist Sophie Hamer has been preparing to wow audiences with her performance of the Saint Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor.
It is one of her favourite cello concertos because of its ability to display the cello. She’s a third year student at the University of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in music, including cello performance with Heleen du Plessis, and minoring in statistics.
The orchestra was ‘‘incredibly grateful’’ for the support of Otago Community Trust, without whom this concert would not be possible.
★The Dunedin Youth Orchestra in Concert “Orchestrated Empowerment”: Castle Theatre 1, University of Otago, 7.30pm, Saturday, July 25.